It’s the ideal place to splurge for an out-of-this-world outing with your significant other, but it’s also a place where budget-conscious Disney vacationers can enjoy a romantic evening without breaking the bank. The wealth of choice at Disney Springs means there is something here to fit everyone’s needs!
Choosing Where to Eat
Disney Springs features more than 20 places to eat and drink, with everything from a pretzel stand to luxurious table dining options. Diners on a tight date-night budget should focus their attention on any of the quick-service restaurants in the area. Most of the quick service options in Disney Springs do not involve compromising quality for affordability. The food is generally very good, and most places provide pleasant indoor or outdoor seating. And if you don’t like the dining arrangements, consider taking your food to go and enjoying it from a lovely location on the waterfront!
Quick Service Dining
A couple of the nicer choices among the quick-service options are the Earl of Sandwich Restaurant and Wolfgang Puck Express. The Earl of Sandwich features gourmet sandwiches and salads, while the Express is a counter service alternative to the more formal Wolfgang Puck Restaurant. Consider enjoying a pre-dinner drink at the Margarita Bar, located right on the dock next to the Disney Springs Marina.
There are a variety of mid-range restaurants for diners who can stretch their budget a bit further. For an intimate date-night experience, try to avoid loud and crowded tourist traps like the Rainforest Café or Planet Hollywood. Instead, try the casual atmosphere of Cap’n Jack’s Restaurant or Ragland Road Irish Pub. Bongo’s Cuban Café, a creation of Emilio and Gloria Estefan, is a fun destination for drinks or a meal. The international wine and tequila bar at Paradiso 37 is also a great place to stop for drinks.
High End Dining
At the upper end of the budget scale for Disney Springs Restaurants are the various dining rooms of the Wolfgang Puck Café, Fulton’s Crab House, and Portobello. At Wolgang Puck, dating diners can opt for the Lounge & Sushi Bar, the main Café, or the very formal Dining Room. All three locations offer Wolfgang Puck’s signature Californian & Asian fusion cuisine. The elegant atmosphere and Italian cuisine at Portobello make it a classic date-night choice. For those who like seafood, Fulton’s Crab House offers the most exceptional setting of all with its location aboard a riverboat replica.
Date Night Entertainment in Disney Springs
Disney Springs is as much about entertainment as it is about eating and drinking. Couples, especially those who will spend most of their Disney vacation escorting young children around Fantasyland, can enjoy the opportunity for some more adult-centered entertainment.
If you are on a limited budget, choose a restaurant with great views of the water and the passing multitudes – people watching can provide endless entertainment! Window-shopping around the Marketplace is also a great way to enjoy the interesting shops at Disney Springs without spending a dime. Street entertainers from musicians to acrobats are a common sight around Pleasure Island, and another source of free entertainment.
If a bit of formal entertainment fits into your budget, consider catching a movie at the AMC Theatres or riding the Characters in Flight attraction that will send you soaring above Disney World. AMC also offers a food & cocktail movie experience for those who want to enjoy a dinner show. Consider finishing the night with a romantic ride on the Italian handcrafted Marketplace Carousel.
If you want to break the bank with a truly spectacular date night extravaganza, look no further than the House Of Blues or Cirque du Soleil. The House of Blues has nightly shows in its large but intimate theatre, and top musical acts regularly grace the performance space. La Nouba, the permanent Cirque du Soleil show in Disney Springs, is a jaw-dropping spectacle of unique circus acts.